State announces dropping COVID-19 rates, stresses vigilance
August 12, 2020
SANTA FE — State officials said Thursday New Mexico is showing positive signs against the COVID-19 pandemic, but noted the next few weeks will be key in allowing schools to return to face-to-face instruction.
There were no changes announced to the current public health orders Thursday, following a generally positive round of news on new infections.
The state announced 177 new cases Thursday, including six in Curry County and two in Roosevelt County. There have been 22,987 total confirmed cases, with 9,980 of those cases designated as recovered. The state has recorded 697 deaths, including two Thursday, with 128 current hospitalizations.
David Scrase, the state’s human services secretary, said the seven-day average of new infections is 189 and noted the metric has dropped across all five regions in the state. Scrase said the state target for seven-day rolling average is 168.
He also pointed out New Mexico has a 2.4% positivity rate, compared to 20.4% in Texas and 12.6% in Arizona.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she was grateful to New Mexicans for their leadership and that the next few weeks, primarily the Labor Day weekend, are crucial. She asked residents to continue to follow COVID-safe practices, including face coverings and limiting gatherings to five people.